Inspired by all the films at the 70th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and now want to peek behind the curtain to marvel at the magic of moviemaking mechanics? Then look no further than the ticketed sessions at Behind the Scenes and Illustrated Film Talks presented by MIFF Industry’s 37ºSouth & Accelerator Lab.

In a year of milestones, MIFF staging its 70th edition is just one reason for cheer! Another is the return of former London Film Festival & British Film Institute director Adrian Wootton OBE, celebrating the 10th Melbourne instalment of his illustrious Illustrated Film Talks. In this year’s lectures, already acclaimed from outings at London’s Barbican and New York’s Lincoln Centre, film historian Wootton celebrates the extraordinary lives and careers of four amazingly talented Hollywood legends, whose enduring iconic status – and endless capacity for reinvention – transcend their various milestones: Cher (whose career clocks 60 years); Elvis (who left the building 45 years ago) and David Bowie (some 60 years after his professional debut); and Australia’s own Baz Luhrmann (and his 30 years in film).

Meantime, key creative talents from the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Sweet As, which world premieres in the prestigious Headliners strand at MIFF-70, share secrets of their craft in Behind the Scenes with sessions on Editing (Katie Milwright), Cinematography (Katie Flaxman) and Acting with Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin) and Tasma Walton (Mystery Road).

More details on each seminar, and to book tickets are available here.